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Spotlight on Gretchen Rossi

[ 1 ] Jun. 3, 2013 | SBO Editor

Charismatic & compassionate, Gretchen’s growing empire focuses on affordable luxury.

By Nissa Larsen

Gretchen Rossi is an admired favorite on the “The Real Housewives of Orange County”.  At the urging of her fans, who were constantly inquiring about her fashion, she decided to launch a line of handbags and accessories based on her Southern California-inspired style.  Gretchen is Golden.

Her mission was to make the Gretchen Christine Collection feature high-end designs available not just to her fans, but to all consumers at an affordable price.  Gretchen’s fashions are created to give her target market the opportunity to look “Red Carpet Ready” on a budget.

In addition to handbags, she recently launched a cosmetics line called the Gretchen Christine Beaute, featuring both her cosmetics and spray tan kits.  She also has her own signature pink luggage collection. As if Gretchen wasn’t busy enough, in Fall 2012 she launched the Gretchen Christine Pink collection, with a percentage of the proceeds going to The Breast Cancer Charities of America as part of their “Go Pink” campaign.  The Pink collection features all things one would need to travel: a luggage set, passport holder, and an iPad/iPod case.

Gretchen Rossi Products Are Made In USA

All of Gretchen’s products are made in America, and cruelty-free.  This self-made entrepreneur produces a fashion line that displays her charismatic charm, and her hip sense of style, while also giving back to the community.

1. My handbag go-to items always include…

GR: My sunglasses, Gretchen Christine make-up, Visine, hairspray, wallet, phone, camera and gum/mints.

2. Living in Southern California has inspired my collections to include…

GR: Strong bold colors, a custom make-up wall inside each handbag allowing for easy access to make-up, and a sunglass pocket on the outside of my pink satchel purse for easy access so sunglasses don’t get scratched on the inside.

3. People would be
surprised to learn that I…

GR: Grew up riding motorcycles and truly am a dirt bike kind of girl. I love sports, camping, and getting grungy.

4. My first fashion splurge was…

GR: A Louis Vuitton bag. I bought it with my first big pay check in Hawaii and I was so excited!

5. The smartest piece of fashion advice I ever got was…

GR: Do ‘you’. Don’t just wear something because it is trending, wear what you feel confident in.

6. I would never be caught dead wearing…

GR: Tie-dye, I just hate it.

7. If I could break into one
person’s closet, it would be…

GR: There are too many to choose just one! Kim Kardashian’s or Jennifer Lopez would definitely be a good start.

8. My beauty regimen begins with…

GR: Happiness and sleep J

9. My biggest fashion faux pas was…

GR: The entire decade of the 80’s! Blue eye shadow, pink frosted lips, crimped hair, and crazy neon outfits!

10. My favorite weekend plans always seem to include…

GR: Enjoying the sunshine during the day with bike riding and exercise, a great home cooked meal, wine, sitting beside the fireplace at night, finishing off with a fun movie to watch while curled up on the couch.

11. My everyday wardrobe
usually consists of…

GR: Probably Dresses! I love my dresses! And, of course, a Gretchen Christine Handbag to match

12. When I want to unwind I…

GR: Pour a glass of wine, take a bath, and then I do some creative designing, or write. I end up writing a lot of songs.

13. My wonderful fans influence my collections by…

GR: They influence it so many ways, from the specific requests of functionality and what they want to see in a handbag, to the price point, to the colors! I love getting feedback from my fans!

Where to find Gretchen Rossi products:


Gretchen Rossi has a talent for entrepreneurship.  Inspired by her growing fan base, she created a collection of handbags and accessories called the Gretchen Christine Collection or “GCC”.

For more information on Gretchen Rossi visit:


• The Gretchen Christine Collection is sold at www.ShopNBC.com and www.ShopGretchenChristine.com

• Her Gretchen Christine swimwear line is sold exclusively at www.swimspot.com

• Follow Gretchen Rossi on twitter: @GretchenRossi

Nissa Larsen is a Contributing Editor. Follow Nissa on twitter @nisnice . Nissa’s hiliarious website can be found at www.nisnice.com

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Category: Magazine, Small Business Opportunities, Small Business Opportunities Sept 2013